Open Access

Rapid Binary Gage Function to Extract a Pulsed Signal Buried in Noise

  • Colin Ratcliffe1Email author,
  • William J. Bagaria2,
  • Sonia M.F. Garcia3 and
  • Richard P. Fahey2
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20042004:429289

Received: 1 August 2003

Published: 5 October 2004


The type of signal studied in this paper is a periodic pulse, with the pulse length short compared to the period, and the signal is buried in noise. If standard techniques such as the fast Fourier transform are used to study the signal, the data record needs to be very long. Additionally, there would be a very large number of calculations. The rapid binary gage function was developed to quickly determine the period of the signal, and the start time of the first pulse in the data. Once these two parameters are determined, the pulsed signal can be recovered using a standard data folding and adding technique.

Keywords and phrases

rapid binary gage functionsignalpulsed signalnoise

Authors’ Affiliations

Mechanical Engineering Department, United States Naval Academy
Aerospace Engineering Department, United States Naval Academy
Mathematics Department, United States Naval Academy


© Ratcliffe et al. 2004